Carmen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Carmen is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a person who was known as the carman, or one who rented or let out vehicles. Often carmen were known as hostilers.

Early Origins of the Carmen family

The surname Carmen was first found in Cumberland in the lands of Carman where they held a family seat from very ancient times before 1100 A.D.

Early History of the Carmen family

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Carmen Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Carman, Carmen, Carmine, Carmyn and others.

Early Notables of the Carmen family (pre 1700)

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United States Carmen migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Carmen or a variant listed above were:

Carmen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Maria Del Carmen, aged 37, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1849 [1]

Canada Carmen migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Carmen Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • David Carmen, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Mr. Michael Carmen Sr., U.E. (b. 1708) born in Kahl, Germany who settled in Matilda, Dundas County, Ontario c. 1783 he married Magdalena Walter in 1740 they had 2 children, he died in 1790 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Carmen (post 1700) +

  • Gerald P. Carmen, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1964 [3]
  • Dominic Carmen Frontiere (1931-2017), American composer, arranger, and jazz accordionist, known for composing the theme music for The Outer Limits, The Rat Patrol, Branded, The Flying Nun, and many more
  • Niusha Carmen Mancilla Heredia (b. 1971), Bolivian former middle and long-distance runner who won three gold medals, five silver medals and four bronze medals
  • Nicholas Carmen Dattilo (b. 1932), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (1990 to 2004)
  • Margarita Carmen Cansino (1918-1987), birth name of Rita Hayworth, American film actress and dancer
  • Michael Carmen Pitt (b. 1981), American actor
  • Carmen Laroux (1909-1942), Mexican film actress, born in Durango, Mexico, she appeared in 19 films between 1927 and 1941, best known for her role as Senorita Rita in the Three Stooges film "Saved by the Belle"
  • Dame Carmen Thérèse Callil D.B.E. (b. 1938), born in Melbourne, Australia, British Founder of Virago Press was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 17th June 2017, for services to Literature
  • Carmen Joan Duncan (1942-2019), Australian AFI Award nominated actress and activist, known her role as Iris Wheeler on the American soap opera Another World from 1988 to 1994
  • Carmen Hermosillo (d. 2008), A.K.A. humdog, American community manager/research analyst, essayist, and poet


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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